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A knockout duel in the final against Spain. A knockout duel in the final in St. Petersburg. Switzerland has already experienced both scenarios in the past. In both cases the memories are negative.
World Cup 1994: Spain is a very big team in the round of 16
After a dry period of 28 years, the national team finally qualified again for the final round in 1994. Under the leadership of Roy Hodgson, he convinced the Swiss in the World Cup USA, especially in the second group match. After a 1-1 draw with the hosts at the start, a 4-1 win over Romania paved the way for the Round of 16. The final 0:2 against Colombia played no role.
In the last sixteen there was a duel with Spain. The Swiss’s hopes of a coup d’etat dwindled early on. Fernando Hierro hit the lead for the Spaniards after a quarter of an hour. The decision was taken by the current Spanish national coach, Luis Enrique and Aitor Begiristain, and the Swiss team was eliminated from the World Cup in the final stage.
World Cup 2018: St Petersburg not so lucky
So Spain turned out to be a very big piece for Switzerland in the last 16 of the 1994 World Cup. The selection of SFV in the 2018 World Cup was expected to have much greater chances of progressing to the quarter-finals. With Sweden, the team of coach Vladimir Petkovic met with an opponent who was quite at hand.
In Saint Petersburg, Switzerland wanted to create something historical against the Scandinavian countries. As in 2006, 2014, and 2016, nothing happened. Nati was disappointed across the board and had to pack up due to the 0-1 loss after a goal from Emil Forsberg.
Hopefully, the Russian city will bring more luck to the team in the quarter-finals of the European Championships on Friday. Thanks to a 1-0 turnover in the 2010 World Cup group stage, the Swiss know how to beat Spain in the final round.
Follow the European Nations Cup quarter-final matches between Switzerland and Spain on Friday from 5:00 pm live on SRF Zwei and the SRF Sport app. The match starts at 6:00 pm.
SRF Zwei, sportlive, June 28, 2021, 9:00 p.m.; ruminant
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